This Is The Current NFC Playoff Picture, and What Each Team Needs To Happen To Make It

The NFL Season is coming to an end with only four regular-season games left.  Only six teams can make it in from the NFC but there are still 13 teams in total who still have a chance of making the playoffs. With a win on Sunday, the Eagles could have been the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot but losing to the Seattle Seahawks drops them to 10-2. For some teams every week is a playoff game because one loss could be the difference between being in or on the outside looking in.

To fully understand how each playoff ranking is decided here is an explanation of the six postseason participants are seeded:
1.) The division champion with the best record.
2.) The division champion with the second-best record.
3.) The division champion with the third-best record.
4.) The division champion with the fourth-best record.
5.) The Wild Card club with the best record.
6.) The Wild Card club with the second-best record.

None of the teams have clinched a playoff seed yet, but if the playoffs were to end today, these six teams would make the NFC playoffs. 

NFC Playoffs:
1.) Minnesota Vikings (10-2): 1st in NFC North, own the tiebreaker over the Eagles because of their strength of victory.
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Panthers (8-4), vs. Bengals (5-6), at Packers (6-6), vs. Bears (3-9)
According to these postseason percentages, the Vikings have higher than a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs. The Vikings schedule isn't easy going forward with the Panthers this week and a Packers team who may have Aaron Rodgers in Week 16.

2.) Philadelphia Eagles (10-2): 1st NFC East
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Rams (9-3), at Giants (2-10), vs. Raiders (6-6), vs. Cowboys (6-6)
The Eagles dropped from the top seed after losing to the Seahawks this past week, The Eagles have a big game in Week 14 against the Rams and also Week 17 against the Cowboys who will have Ezekiel Elliott back.

3.) Los Angeles Rams (9-3): 1st NFC West, own the tiebreaker over the Saints because of a head-to-head win.
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Eagles (10-2), at Seahawks (7-4), at Titans (8-4), vs. 49ers (2-10)
The Rams need to continue to win but it won't be easy playing the Eagles in Week 14 and the Seahawks in Week 15 which may decide the NFC West.

4.) New Orleans Saints (9-3): 1st NFC South
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Falcons (7-5), vs. Jets (5-7), vs. Falcons (7-5), at Buccaneers (4-8)
Sunday was huge for the Saints, whose victory over the Panthers, in essence, gave them a two-game lead in the NFC South with four games to play.

5.) Seattle Seahawks (8-4): Wild Card
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Jaguars (8-4), vs. Rams (9-3), at Cowboys (6-6), vs. Cardinals (5-7)
The Seahawks huge win over the Eagles puts them into the playoffs picture and keeps their NFC West title hopes alive. The Seahawks play the Rams in Week 15 which may be the deciding factor in who wins the division.

6.) Carolina Panthers (8-4): Wild Card
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Vikings (10-2), vs. Packers (6-6), vs. Buccaneers (4-8), at Falcons (7-5)
The Panthers' chances to win the NFC South took a hit with their disappointing performance against the Saints this Sunday.

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These seven teams are still technically in the hunt for the playoffs and the percentages next to them are their chances of making the playoffs at this current moment. 

In The Hunt:
7.) Atlanta Falcons (7-5) - 34% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Saints (9-3), at Buccaneers (4-8), at Saints (9-3), vs. Panthers (8-4)
If the Falcons can find a way to beat the Saints this week, they may be able to climb back into the playoff picture.

8.) Detroit Lions (6-6) - 15% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Buccaneers (4-8), vs. Bears (3-9), at Bengals (5-6), vs. Packers (6-6)
The Lions will be playing the Packers in Week 17 which may be a big game in terms of who makes the playoffs.

9.) Green Bay Packers (6-6) - 8% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Browns (0-12), at Panthers (8-4), vs. Vikings (10-2), at Lions (6-6)
The Packers are playing the Browns in Week 14 and will hopefully get Aaron Rodgers back in Week 15.

10.) Dallas Cowboys (6-6) - 5% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Giants (2-10), at Raiders (6-6), vs. Seahawks (8-4), at Eagles (10-2)
The Cowboys kept their playoffs hopes alive this past Thursday and get a Giants team that is falling apart in Week 14.

11.) Washington Redskins (5-7) - 1% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Chargers (6-6), vs. Cardinals (5-7), vs. Broncos (3-9), at Giants (2-10)
The Redskins need to win out and also need a ton of help in order to get in.

12.) Arizona Cardinals (5-7) - Less than 1% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Titans (8-4), at Redskins (5-7), vs. Giants (2-10), at Seahawks (8-4)
Not only do the Cardinals have to win out, they also will need several teams to lose to make the playoffs.

13.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) - Less than 1% chance to make the playoffs
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Lions (6-6), vs. Falcons (7-5), at Panthers (8-4), vs. Saints (9-3)
The Buccaneers need to wish upon a star and win out to have a chance of making the playoffs.

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14.) Chicago Bears (3-8)
15.) San Francisco 49ers (2-10)
16.) New York Giants   (2-10)

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